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Book and Media Reviews
January 20, 2010

Hacker and Moore’s Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology

JAMA. 2010;303(3):277-281. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.2032

Of the lessons which a young man entering upon the profession of medicine needs to learn, this is, perhaps, the first—that he should resist the fascination of doctrines and hypotheses till he have won the privilege of such studies by honest labor and a faithful pursuit of real and useful knowledge.—William Beaumont1

Since it was first published in 1986, Hacker and Moore's Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been a mainstream textbook for US medical students completing their clerkships in obstetrics and gynecology. Certainly the current fifth edition will be no exception to that legacy. It continues the tradition of being a text authored by physicians within the University of California, Los Angeles medical community. It is exceptionally well organized, with excellent graphics and the use of in-text bolding to indicate key points. Many tables and charts are included; some present basic material that will be useful to the medical student learning the specialty, while others are quite advanced and will only serve as material for future reference. Purchase of the text also gives the student online access to the entire text as well as to United States Medical Licensing Examination–style questions, additional illustrations, case studies, statistics, and animations demonstrating a variety of items such as vaginal delivery, ovulation, and a multitude of techniques used in the specialty.

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